Deputy Public Works Director

City of American Canyon

The Position

The Deputy Public Works Director-Utilities is an at-will, senior management position. 

The Deputy Director works under the general direction of the Public Works Director and is responsible for the City's utility enterprises and environmental programs. The Deputy Director participates both as a member of the Department's Management Team and City's Senior Department Management Team in policy development, administrative planning, and addressing of department problems; and provides highly responsible and complex support to upper management. 

The Deputy Director is responsible for the long term planning and oversight of the City’s municipal utilities functions, including the Water, Wastewater, and Environmental Services Divisions.  These Divisions are responsible for water treatment, long term water supply, wastewater treatment, water quality control, and recycled water treatment and environmental compliance. 

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to ensuring implementation of comprehensive environmental compliance programs related to the operations of the Department; providing functional oversight for elements of the water and wastewater systems supervised by others; preparing, monitoring, and reviewing the water and wastewater enterprise fund budgets and projects; reviewing and helping set rates; providing input to the Public Works Director on infrastructure needs of the City with suggestions for financing; reviewing and recommending standards for infrastructure; analyzing and interpreting new and proposed legislation to determine potential impacts on Public Works programs and operations; and participating in the development and administration of the Public Works Department Capital Improvement budgets.

Ideal Candidate

The City is seeking a highly skilled Deputy Director with the ability to hit the ground running (see Key Initiatives). Overall, an individual who is engaging, passionate, a good mentor, communicates openly, and has proven ability in the delivery of CIP Projects will excel in this position.

American Canyon will benefit from a Deputy Director who effectively anticipates future issues and determines what course of action the City should take. The Deputy Director will be looked upon to provide leadership to the Department to ensure professional interaction with the Council, residents, and other department heads. The Deputy Director will lead a cohesive and capable team already in place, however, retirements in several key positions are anticipated in the near future and the Deputy Director will play a major role in securing the next generation of City managers. A motivational manager will function well in this role and must not be afraid to delegate the necessary tasks for the completion of projects.

The incoming Deputy Director will provide leadership in managing and prioritizing the development of the City’s utility facilities and infrastructure. The City places importance on customer service and community engagement.  As a key player in leading and directing the operations, services, and activities within the Department, the Deputy Director must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally, and in writing.  The Deputy Director will also fill-in for the Director during their absence.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and possess the ability to keep track of the progress for all projects without micromanaging.  The ideal candidate is someone who is a life-long learner and has the ability to master new subjects within a short-time frame. They will also possess the aptitude necessary to be a successful decision maker.  The ideal candidate will recognize the value of an opportunity to lead two high-profile, technologically advanced utility enterprises and they will also benefit by the experience of filling in for the Director in their absence.

Key Initiatives
  • Moving the Sites Reservoir Project forward as a member of the Reservoir Committee.
  • Upgrading Water Reclamation Facilities SCADA system.
  • Managing the first phase of the City’s North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) grant to install new mains for our recycled water system. Currently, the City relies exclusively on water purchased from the Department of Water Resources or other municipal suppliers but has become a member of the Sites Reservoir Project to enhance the resiliency of our water supply portfolio. 
  • On the wastewater side, the City would like to improve our ability to serve current and future customers by accepting higher strength waste streams than we can currently process.  We are exploring process enhancements and potential pre-treatment options. 

Finally, the City has a robust and well-functioning recycled water system, and is aggressively expanding our distribution system.  In the coming year, we will continue to focus on ensuring system reliability and expansion.  Experience in the design and/or operation of advanced treatment facilities will be considered a plus.

Job Requirements

Experience: Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in public works, utilities, and engineering, including four (4) years of management or supervisory experience is required.

Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or closely related field.

Additional Requirements:  Possession of a State of California Professional Engineer’s registration is desirable.  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of appointment.  Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The Compensation

Annual salary range:  $96,637-$144,934 (control point set at $120,786) (includes 3% COLA July 2018)

Health Insurance - The City contributes a monthly payment equal to 90% of the Kaiser HMO premium; $400 per month in lieu of health coverage.

Cafeteria Plan - $316.34 to be used towards out-of-pocket medical health premium, if any, Life, Group LTD, Dental and Vision Insurance and an EAP. 

Vacation Accrual —12-25 days (per yrs of service).

Holiday Leave— 15 days per year.

Management Leave—15 days per fiscal year.

Sick Leave Accrual —12 days per year.

RetirementCalPERS 2% @ 55 – CalPERS classic members. Employees’ 7% contribution & employer portion (cost sharing) 1.813% is employee paid. CalPERS 2% @ 62 – CalPERS new members. Employees pay half the normal cost.

Retiree Medical— The City contributes 100% of the current “Supplement/Managed Monthly Employee Only Rate for Kaiser Senior Advantage” (currently $316.34)

Deferred Compensation— Two voluntary plans available. The City will contribute 2% of employee’s salary in a 401(A) with a 2% employee contribution.

The City of American Canyon does not participate in Social Security.

Selection Process

Resumes and application materials will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with the City of American Canyon. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended for a Director’s interview. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.

Finalist interviews will be held with the City of American Canyon Public Works Director and the City Manager.

Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Deputy Public Works Director-Utilities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Human Resources Representative Carmela Santos at (707) 647-4361.

Tentative Schedule
  • Application Rating:             July 31 through August 14
  • Invites to Interviews:         Week of August 20
  • Oral Interview Test:           Week of September 3
  • Department Interviews:   Week of September 10
  • Potential Start Date:          TBD

Prior to providing a Conditional Offer of employment the City will conduct a reference check including but not limited to the verification of employment history and education. After a Conditional Offer of employment is made, applicants will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment physical. Additionally all Conditional Offers of employment are made and contingent upon successful completion of Livescan Fingerprinting.

Veteran’s Preference – view City Policy at   

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference will be required to provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" to Human Resources before the filing deadline for the position applied for.

Preference afforded via the application screening shall constitute the complete and total extent to which the City of American Canyon will afford veteran preference over other candidates.

To Apply

Candidates must complete an online application
by 5pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
To apply, please visit:   
(Click on City Departments -> Human Resources ->  Job Opportunities)

4381 Broadway Street, Suite 201
American Canyon CA  94503

(707) 647-4361


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